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Working holiday in the middle of Keswick in the English Lake District

Country: United Kingdom


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We welcome applicants looking for a long term placement - over 8 weeks
Please DO NOT apply if you only intend to stay a few weeks.

POSITION- Housekeeper

POSITION - General Maintenance/Estate work.
1. AVAILABILITY mid September
We are specially looking for someone with professional painting and decorating skills

Minimum age = 21
We really welcome WorkAwayers who prefer to stay up to 3-9 months
You would be free to return home for Christmas & New Year.

We are a small family business (holiday cottages and Bed & Breakfast).
We have woodland, garden, river and vegetable garden as well as a dog, cat, chickens, ducks, rabbits, guinea-pigs & geese. Jeronime is a qualified and experienced EFL teacher.

We are a large family with 7 children (4 at home) so our house is ALWAYS a very busy.
We love walking the Fells, sailing, climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, camping, fishing & BBQs on the Lakeside....and the rain!

Basically, if you can do it outdoors... you can do it in Keswick, the Adventure Capital of the UK.



Type of help

Helping with Tourists,
Animal care,
Help in the house,
General Maintenance,
Cooking / shopping,


Which one will you apply for?

To be in sole charge of cleaning the family house, help with the B&B & work in a team cleaning the self-catering cottages. Occasional babysitting.

must have qualifications / experience in some of the following:
plumbing / electrical work / carpentry / painting and decorating / woodland work / gardening / farming
You will be working outside and Cumbria can be wet and cold! Come prepared.
We would also like you to help clean guest accommodation on Saturdays.

We require Workawayers with experience, who are organised, conscientious, use time effectively, and who can work independently.

PLEASE NOTE - we are willing to help you find evening work in Keswick

Languages spoken

English, reasonable French & German, some Japanese & Arabic


A self-contained cottage just behind Greta Hall.
We are currently renovating the cottage. At the moment it has one finished bedroom and a toilet but no bathroom.
You will use our family bathroom.

Eventually the cottage will have two bedrooms, sitting room, kitchen and shower room.

The cottage has two wood burning stoves and a electric water heater.

Once the kitchen is finished, we will give you the ingredients you need to make three meals a day and bake your own bread. We'll teach you how to do this.

Until then, you will eat with us.
We do expect WorkAways to help wash-up and clean the kitchen after meals.

We are vegetarian although do occasionally eat fish.

You are expected to keep your accommodation clean and tidy.

Sorry, no overnight guests.

What else ...

Our place is set in 3 acres of land, with garden, vegetable garden, woodland and river, 5 minutes walk to the centre of Keswick in Cumbria.

Keswick has a large international community who are very welcoming.

There are loads of groups & societies in Keswick (walking, knitting, climbing, singing, theatre....) some of which are free/very cheap to join. Most of our WorkAways have taken full advantage of these opportunities and have made good friends here.

We have boats and bikes for you to borrow.

We encourage you to only speak English whilst here. You will find that your English improves much quicker if you do.

We are happy to help long term WorkAwayers find paid evening work in Keswick.

Your WorkAway experience will be as good as the effort you put into it!!

Some more information

Internet access
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers

Volunteering hours expected

25hrs per week


Our place

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View from the garden
View from the garden
We keep lambs from April - August
We keep lambs from April - August
A great walk just down the valley from where we live
A great walk just down the valley from where we live
Half way round one of our favourite walks
Half way round one of our favourite walks
View back towards Keswick from Catbells
View back towards Keswick from Catbells
We have kayaks & canoes as well as bikes you can borrow for your time off
We have kayaks & canoes as well as bikes you can borrow for your time off
Lots of little rivers for playing, picnics and fishing
Lots of little rivers for playing, picnics and fishing
One of the bedrooms
One of the bedrooms
View towards Skiddaw
View towards Skiddaw
View from bedroom window
View from bedroom window
Another bedroom
Another bedroom
Host ref number: 964952339343

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